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Youth Community Forum - Mario Ybarra Jr. "Draw Bridge"

Come draw with Mario Ybarra Jr. the 2016 Praxis Studio artist-in-residence! Mario, South Los Angeles youth and CSUDH students will lead a free workshop and discussion titled "Draw Bridge" on November 30th from 10- 11:30am in Ballroom C, Loker Student Union on the campus of CSUDH.

"Draw Bridge" is a new series of drawings Ybarra produced during his one month Big City Forum: Praxis Studio residency at CSUDH where he collaborated with high school students from LAUSD Local District South, Rancho Dominguez Preparatory School and CSUDH studio art and art history students. 

"The practice of drawing was my first love as a teenage Artist. My father was a draftsman for U.S. naval ships on the Gulf Coast and would send me packages a few times a month full of drawing and drafting supplies. He would label each tool with a small piece of drafting tape and write instructions for what the tool was used for. "H" pencils for light sketching "B" pencils for dark shading etc. The skill of drawing has been an essential skill for not only communicating my ideas but for my personal meditation and mental health. I hope in the few weeks I get to spend with the Praxis Studio students that I can pass on a few of the drawing tools and skills my father shared with me in those essential packages.” - Mario Ybarra Jr.

This series of aritist residencies and community forums are a way to link up youth with professional artists and the larger creative community of CSUDH to imagine and discuss how the arts can be a critical pathway to inspire and uplift communities.

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